From the pages of the Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times, June 5, 1991

From the pages of the Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times, June 5, 1991

Heat wave closes Smyrna schools
By Ben Mace, staff writer

What was everyone talking about last week? The heat!

A record-setting week of temperatures in the low-to-mid 90s coupled with stifling humidity closed Smyrna schools early and sent most everyone indoors looking for the comfort of fans and air conditioners.

All Smyrna School District schools closed two hours early on May 28, 30 and 31 because of the suffocating heat.

Superintendent Dr. Wayne Barton decided to send the students home because attempts to cool the buildings did not work.

“We were in a situation in which we entered some classrooms at nine in the morning, and temperatures were already over 90 degrees,” Barton said.

“Our hottest area is definitely the middle school,” Barton said.

About 70 students reported to the nurse at the middle school last Tuesday with heat-related illnesses....

“To my knowledge, we’ve never had to close the schools early because of the heat. Two years ago we canceled school because of extremely cold weather when we were having problems with our buses, and we didn’t want the children to be waiting outside for a long time,” Barton said.

Spruance City residents voice concerns to Smyrna Council
By Ben Mace, staff writer

Smyrna Town Council on Monday night unanimously decided to allow Spruance City residents a vote on whether Smyrna should annex their remaining homes and businesses into town limits.

More than 30 residents showed up to voice their concern about the proposed annexation at the Smyrna meeting Monday night.

Mayor George C. Wright Jr. said he had received many residents’ opinions for and against annexation.

“The only fair way is to let the residents decide the issue in a vote. We’re not going to try to force you to come into the town,” said Wright....

The main objections to the proposed annexation by Spruance City residents were the costs of sewer installation and property taxes....

Michael Keen graduates from Berklee

Michael Lee Keen, son of Robert and Connie Keen of Smyrna, graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston on May 4.

Keen received a bachelor of music dual-degree in music education and songwriting....

Keen is a 1987 Smyrna High graduate.

At the commencement, graduates received congratulations from Grammy Award winner Phil Collins, who received an honorary degree of Doctor in Music from Berklee....

Citizens’ Hose announces fire prevention queens for ’91

The 1991 fire prevention queens for Citizens’ Hose Co. in Smyrna were recently selected.

The 1991 Fire Prevention Queen is Tracey Newnam. She is the daughter of Robert and Pauline Newnam of Smyrna....

Jr. Miss Fire Prevention Queen for 1991 is Victoria Steele. The 13-year-old is the daughter of Kenneth and Bonnie Steele of Smyrna...

Little Miss Fire Prevention for 1991 is Tiffany M. Moore. She is the daughter of Dean and Jeanette Johnson of Smyrna, and Kevin Moore of Smyrna....